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Scientists reveal presence of strong magnetic field near supermassive black hole

In a first, Swedish astronomers have succeeded in revealing the presence of an extremely strong and powerful magnetic field, very close to a supermassive black hole.

According to astronomers, the black hole is in a distant galaxy. For the study, five astronomers from the Chalmers University of Technology, Goteborg formed a team with an aim to find an extremely powerful field of magnetism.

It is notable that this was not detected on any black hole in the core of a galaxy. The magnetism was detected to be very close to the event horizon of the supermassive black hole.

According to Ivan Marti-Vidal, the lead author of the work, these new observations will help the astronomers to "understand the structure and formation" of such supermassive black holes. The astronomers said these are found in the centers of galaxies. It will also help the astronomers to understand the "twin high-speed jets of plasma, which frequently eject" from the poles of black holes.

The new found black hole resides in the center of a galaxy named as PKS 1830-211. The astronomers detected signals, whose intensity of being received is directly proportional to the strength of magnetic field. The strength of this magnetic field was detected by astronomers by studying the way in which light had been polarized.